Solar Liquid Fuels in the News

Sunlight to jet fuel

In the framework of the EU project “Solarjet”, scientists demonstrate for the first time the entire production path to liquid hydrocarbon fuels from water, C…


Solar liquid fuels are here and they are looking very promising. Joule Inc. seems to be the leader with a large pilot facility in the south west.

This is a proven technology that just needs to be scaled up. This seems like the most exciting alternative energy as of late. Here’s some interesting articles and videos.

Carbon-Neutral Fuels and Energy Carriers

Concerns over an unstable energy supply and the adverse environmental impact of carbonaceous fuels have triggered considerable efforts worldwide to find carbon-free or low-carbon alternatives to conventional fossil fuels. Carbon-Neutral Fuels and Energy Carriers emphasizes the vital role of carbon-neutral energy sources, transportation fuels, and associated technologies for establishing a sustainable energy future. Each chapter draws on the insight of world-renowned experts in such diverse fields as photochemistry and electrochemistry, solar and nuclear energy, biofuels and synthetic fuels, carbon sequestration, and alternative fuel vehicles. After an introductory chapter on different energy options in a carbon-constrained world and proposed measures to stabilize atmospheric CO2, the book analyzes the advantages and challenges facing the introduction of hydrogen fuel to the marketplace. It then examines the role of nuclear power in the production of carbon-free energy and fuels as well as the efficient use and storage of renewable energy resources, emphasizing the production of solar fuels from water and CO2. The book also discusses different aspects of bioenergy and biofuels production and use and the potential role of bio-inspired energy systems and industrial processes. The final chapters present a thorough overview and analysis of state-of-the-art fossil fuel decarbonization technologies and clean transportation options. This authoritative work provides the information needed to make more informed choices regarding available clean energy and fuel alternatives. It helps readers to better understand the interconnection between energy and the environment as well as the potential impact of human activities on climate. Read more …

Published on Feb 22, 2014

Liquid ‘SunGas’ from Sunshine, Water & CO2.

A new process has been developed that can take the energy from the sun and use it to convert water and carbon dioxide (CO2) is a very clean burning liquid fuel. The real beauty of the process is not only is the fuel renewable and limit-less, but the process of making sungas actually takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Thus the there is zero net effect on CO2 emissions. The same amount of CO2 put in the atmosphere when the ultra clean sungas is burned is removed from the atmosphere when new sungas is created. This method of energy production will solve global air pollution almost intermediately, once it is implemented. Even at just 10% solar efficiency, which is easily attainable today, this process of making sungas could replace all the crude oil consumed in the United States. Sungas is also compatible with existing fuels and would require no new infrastructure. Additionally, sungas burns extremely clean. It even burns much cleaner than compressed natural gas (CNG), which CNG in itself burns far cleaner than ordinary gasoline. 03/30/2012 11:25

Researchers generate liquid fuel using electricity

While electric vehicles have come a long way in the past decade, they still have many disadvantages when compared to internal combustion engine-driven vehicles. The lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles have a much lower energy storage density when compared to liquid fuel, they take longer to “refuel,” and they lack the supporting infrastructure that has built up around conventional vehicles over the past century. Now researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a process that could allow liquid fuel to be produced using solar generated electricity…

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Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:24:00 -0700

Could a liquid fuel tech emerge that connects solar PV to the efficiency of electric engines — but this time with long driving range and near-instant refueling instead of recharging? And, could fuel be made from waste CO2 that …Read more …

Solar fuels company Joule teams with DNV GL for commercial Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:25:14 -0700

Joule, the developer of a process for the solar conversion of CO2 to liquid fuels, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DNV GL, a leading provider of technical assurance and advisory services to the …

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Solar Energy splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen for fuel: Daniel Nocera, MIT [MIRROR]

CREDITS: Uploaded by Passion4Publishing on 27 Sep 2010 Daniel G. Nocera demonstrates the storage of solar energy in the form of electrochemically produced ox… 03/29/2012 17:24

UCLA Engineering researchers use electricity to generate alternative fuel

March 29, 2011

Imagine being able to use electricity to power your car — even if it’s not an electric vehicle. Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have for the first time demonstrated a method for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity.

Today, electrical energy generated by various methods is still difficult to store efficiently. Chemical batteries, hydraulic pumping and water splitting suffer from low energy-density storage or incompatibility with current transportation infrastructure. In a study published

The study was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA–E). Read more …


Fuels are any materials that store potential energy in forms that can be practicably released and used for work or … Liquid fuels: Liquid fuel …

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Liquid Fuels from Water, CO2, and Solar Energy 2011-04-06 09:13:36 UTC

by Aldo Steinfeld EOI · 4/04/2011

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It almost seems to good to be true, but it is true. This is going to slow down global warming just in the nick of time. Taking CO2 from smokestacks and turning it into liquid fuel for our cars. I don’t think you could even make up such a story.

Rolf Hansen


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